101 Disability Studies

10% Summaries
10% Observation Essay
10% midterm exam (summary of an article)
10% Rhetorical Analysis
15% Source Analysis Essay
5% Group Research Presentation
15% Public Project
15% final exam (rhetorical analysis of a source)

Week 1
Aug 26

  • Introduction to course and theme
  • Diagnostic

Aug 29

  • “Rules of Writing”
  • Using reading strategies discuss Wingert, Pat and Barabar Kantrowitz. “Why Andy Can’t Read.” Newsweek 27 Oct. 1997. Web. and Allis, Sam and Julie Grace. “ The Struggle to Pay for Special Ed.” Time. 4 Nov. 1996: 82-84.
  • See pages 4-5 in Handbook (on reading critically)
  • What is a summary? Assign students to write a practice summary (not for a grade) of the next day's reading

Week 2
Sept 2

  • No Class - labor day

Sept 5

Week 3
Sept 9

Sept 12

  • Class canceled for KEEN Service Project

Week 4
Sept 16

  • Graded summaries returned
  • Sharing observation notes
  • From observation to thesis
  • Discuss Nancy Mairs “Opening Doors, Unlocking Hearts” pages 87-106 in Waist-High in the World

Sept 19

  • Peer review of Essay I: Observation Essay (bring three copies); this peer review needs adapted some to focus more on thesis
  • Discuss Nancy Mairs “Taking Care” pages 64-86 in Waist-High in the World
  • Sign-up for individual conferences
  • Revised summaries are due (if student is not happy with grade or if there were plagiarism issues that needed to be corrected for the student to get any credit for assignment)

Week 5
Sept 23

  • No-class- 20 minute individual conferences – bring revised draft of observation essay

Sept 26

Week 6
Sept 30

  • Discuss excerpt on language from Linton, Simi. Claiming Disability: Knowledge and Identity. NY: New York UP, 1998. (handout)
  • Watch Vital Signs: Crip Culture Talks Back
  • Prepare for midterm
  • Essay II: Rhetorical analysis assigned
  • See pages 235-250 in Handbook for information on Rhetorical Analysis (it is an ethos, logos, pathos approach, which isn't the only way to approach this assignment); if your students are writing a rhetorical analysis of a document that contains images or of a cultural artifact, see pages 251-266 for information on analyzing images.
  • Practice rhetorical analysis chart with sample source

Oct 3

Week 7
Oct 7

  • Source and chart for rhetorical analysis due for peer review
  • Discovering a thesis
  • Discuss Rochman, Bonnie. “Early Decision.” Time 27 Feb. 2012: 36-40. and Wallis, Claudia and Wendy Cole. “A Very Special Wedding.” Time 24 July 2006: 44-45.
  • Effective style and language - Write With Emphasis: see handbook pages 156-159
  • Emphasis
  • Parallel Sentences

Oct 10

  • Plagiarism tutorial due (linked on portal)
  • Discuss Nancy Mairs. “Freeing Choices” pages 107-123 in Waist-High in the World
  • [[Final exam grading criteria | rhetorical analysis grading criteria - also the grading criteria for the final ]]
  • Organizing a rhetorical analysis so that details support thesis

Week 8
Oct 14

  • No Class - Fall Break

Oct 17

  • Draft of Essay II: Rhetorical analysis due for instructor review
  • Project III: Rhetorical Bibliography and reflection on research assigned
  • See pages 267-270 in handbook (on Annotated Bibliographies)
  • Brainstorm research topics
  • Pre-research to narrow topics - students can do this on their laptops in class
  • See pages 25-26 in handbook on finding and narrowing a topic; page 29 on keyword searches; and pages 34-37 on finding internet sources
  • Effective style and language - Write Concisely; see handbook pages 151-153
  • Conciseness

Week 9
Oct 21

  • Library tour due
  • Meet in library – bring in an internet source on your narrowed topic

Oct 24

Week 10
Oct 28

  • Meet in library to find newspaper and magazine sources using the library databases

Oct 31

Week 11
Nov 4

  • No–class group 30 minute conferences
  • Bring draft of individual annotated bibliography to conference for group review; bring in 4 copies of one sample annotation to share as well as what you think is your best source and your weakest source

Nov 7

  • 2-page reflection on research due
  • Group presentations assigned - in-class time for groups to meet
  • Field research - see pages 46-48 in handbook on field research
  • Effective style and language - Find the right words: see handbook 161-164
  • Abstract vs. Concrete

Week 12
Nov 11

Nov 14

Week 13
Nov 18

Nov 21

Week 14
Nov 25

  • Peer Review of Essay IV – round robin – have two copies of your Blog Post
  • Reflection on peer review – next steps forward
  • Students who miss this day will need to schedule an appointment at the CTL to get revision feedback on their essay – bring Project IV assignment, a copy of your essay, and the peer review guidelines

Nov 28

  • No Class - Thanksgiving

Week 15
Dec 2

  • Revision of Project IV – refine thesis and reshape draft for refined thesis
  • Sentence combining!; Have students write their combined sentences on the board and then talk about the choices they are making.

Dec 5

  • Prepare for final
  • Editing Project IV: Public Writing with Read, Writing, Gold – meet in computer classroom with an electronic copy of your draft and headphones
  • Posting to the class blog
  • 20 most common errors

Sat. Dec 7 10:00-12:30

  • final exam rhetorical analysis (15% of final grade)

Week 16
Dec 9

  • Project IV due (4 pages, 15% of final grade)
  • Blog showcase
  • 1-page reflection on Essay IV: Public Writing due
  • Course evaluations
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